Photo credit: Michele Meyers, courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch
Daytona Beach, Florida—Saturday’s series finale at Jackie Robinson Ballpark was a carbon copy of Game 1. The all out pitchers duel was spearheaded by Comets starter Shelby McCombs and Eagles starter Wang Lan. The Park Planet Player of the Game was Shelby McCombs.
The former Ohio State Buckeye was perfect through four innings saw her perfect game bid get spoiled by a single from Eagles catcher Xi Kailin in the fifth. McCombs was able to get out of the inning when a line drive from Ren Min was snagged by Lilli Piper at third base.
In the bottom of the sixth Taylor McQuillin relieved McCombs who lasted pitched 5.2 innings and only surrendered one hit in her first start of the season.
In the top of the 6th, after a leadoff single from Comet Victoria Vidales Beijing starter Wang Lan was relieved by former Auburn Tiger Angel Bunner. Bunner was able to strand Vidales and recorded the final two outs of the inning.
The game then ventured into extra innings. In the top of the ninth inning Lilli Piper laced a ball down the third base line that was ruled a ground rule double. Piper was then bunted over to third by Sashel Palacious. The Comets next at bat would be the biggest of the game when Emily Carosone grounded into a fielder’s choice that brought Piper across home plate, 1-0 Comets.
The Eagles will continue their homestand as they host the Aussie Peppers June 24th through the 27th. Tickets are available at www.beijingeagles.com and daytonatortugas.com, or by calling the Tortugas’ ticket office at 386-257-3172. Fans can watch NPF games live by visiting profastpitch.com and clicking “Watch NPF.”
Final: Comets- 1 Eagles-0
— Winning Pitcher No. 9 Shelby McCombs
— Losing Pitcher No. 52 Angel Bunner
ABOUT Beijing Shougang Eagles
The Beijing Shougang Eagles are a women’s professional softball team. Established in May 2017, the team began play in the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) during the 2017 season. Managed by Chinese Softball Association, the Eagles’ roster is mainly populated with players from the China women’s national softball team as a means to gain professional experience against the highest levels of fastpitch play, in anticipation of softball’s return to the Olympics in 2020.